I remember being sat in the car, with my dad trying to find “The Beatles -A day in the life of”. If you’ve not heard it, here it is;
The reason being that he wanted to use it in a presentation, as a way to get people thinking about how they spend their time. In particular it was the portion that goes;
“Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head..”
This is something I do on a regular basis, particularly when I’m about to go away, I think about each day and what I do and it helps me to work out what I need to bring with me on the trip.
7.00: Wake up and get a shower (Shower gel/Shampoo)
7.15 Shave (Razor, shaving foam, etc)
7.20 Brush teeth (Toothbrush, toothpaste)
7.30 Put on fresh clothes (Shirt, pants, socks, trousers)
The reason I mention all this, and it’s not because I want new trousers for Christmas, is that sometimes when you ask people to think about how they would like to improve or what their objectives are it can be quite hard to think of things! So you ask “well what do you do each day?”, but that’s even harder to think about! It’s like when you see someone you’ve not seen for a long time and they ask what you have been up to! You know you’ve done a fair few exciting things but at that moment they’ve all disappeared from your head!
So instead of asking those questions, ask people to think about their typical day, get them to write it down on a piece of paper, throw in a few things that could happen that aren’t typical but do occur. Then ask what improvements they could make, where is their time they could spend on themselves to learn new skills, are they doing something that doesn’t need to be done? It makes it easier to think about what they would like to do to improve things in the short term, and find the time to work on the long term goals.
I like to call this exercise, ‘ A day in the life of…’.